Next year's Port Nicholson Regatta offers something for everyone across three days of racing which should see good-sized fleets in a handful of divisions.
Entries for the regatta, which is being hosted by the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club from March 5-8 (racing March 6-8), are open for all keelboats, trailer yachts, multihulls, sports boats and sports multihulls.
You can do as little or as much racing as you like, with a variety of races and divisions to keep things interesting.
The regatta kicks off on Thursday evening with the invitation Charity Cup when invited guests will race on behalf of local charities. This is an opportunity for sponsors and sailors to support the local community through sailing and there will be a buffet dinner and prizegiving afterwards.
Teams can opt for the 'Full Monty', offering the traditional three-day regatta experience, or 'The Weekender' for a Saturday and Sunday experience (with spinnaker and non-spinnaker options). The Classic Yacht Race (Saturday) and an innovative Wellington Harbour Rally (Sunday) provide opportunities for boats across Wellington to go sailing and return to the club for prizes and refreshments.
The new division C promises a better sailing experience for all boats and a new PHRF trophy. There is also a dedicated sports boat division, new handicap trophies for divisions A, B and C and a new IRC trophy for division B, with generous prizes.
On top of that, there will also be a separate sports boats division, with boats expected from Auckland and beyond.
The Port Nicholson Regatta has been going since 1999 and is made possible with terrific support from Lawson's Dry Hills, North Sails, Mount Gay Rum, Crombie Lockwood, Steinlager, Burnsco, Chaffers Marina, Pivotal Print, Barton Marine, Havana Coffee, Mevo and Whittaker's.
- Photo: Patrick Flanagan